The farm, in all it’s glory!
Well, it’s the glory that can be appreciated through photographs at least. You have to be there to play in the dirt with the lizards, smell the stuff as it grows, and boil in the heat of the greenhouse. Enjoy the pictures!
This is the greenhouse. Currently growing tomatoes, green beans, various herbs including basil and oregano, and squashes. It measures about 70’ x 30’ and will provide a much needed space to extend the growing season.
Inside the greenhouse. This is about half the tomato plants were going to be growing in there. The hangings along the wall are full of oregano, thyme, and other herbs.
Inside the greenhouse. In the foreground are zucchinis and yellow squash. Above is a row of more tomatoes and a section of green beans.
Squash blossom. Currently we do not employ bees (although we’re trying), so all the flowers are pollinated by Ali and I who use paint brushes while dressed in bees costumes. Half of that is true.
Baby cherry tomatoes.
A low greenhouse temperature. It was maybe 60 degrees outside when we took this. The greenhouse has three small fans and one large one to prevent it reaching temperatures of 120+, which would fry the plants. We will have a mister installed too, which will help cool through evaporation and science.
Still in the greenhouse. These are a bunch of starts that Ali and I have going. From left to right: first row - white wonder cucumbers, leeks, and brussel sprouts. Second row - watermelons and then various sizes of pots containing basil, oregano and cilantro.
Out back of the greenhouse. This is our lettuce bed. It’s going to be really green soon.
Inside cold frame #1. It’s a spaceport for seeds. In the foreground are yellow squash and the background contains zucchini. Interplanted with both are sunflowers.
Baby yellow squash.
Potatoes in tires.
Bed full of onions outside the greenhouse.
Cold frames #2 (right) and #3. #2 is currently growing pole beans while #3 has some beets, newly planted radishes, rattlesnake beans, and cucumbers. All the cold frames have sage growing near the entrances.
Beans growing in #2.
Peas growing in between #2 and #3. There’s also spinach growing there.
Beets growing in #3.
He is Aragorn, son of Arathorn - you owe him your allegiance. He is heir to the throne of Gondor and super cute.
We still love Algernon even when she sleeps in the garlic.
30 Days Update
I’ve completed a month of a morning stretching and mobility routine. This mostly consisted of yoga and was a great way to wake up. I managed to do it about 4-5 times a week, which is a damn good batting average. I’ll do my best to continue, as it seems to set the day off on the right foot.
- 1x5 45lbs
- 1x5 65
- 5x5 95
- 5x5 45
- 1x5 95
- 1x3 115
- 5x5 135
- 2x5 strict
- Started a different program today. This is Medhi’s 5x5 Stronglifts program. It recommends you start light, which is a good way to do things. Thought I’d give it a shot for a while. And because of one big change…
- I bought a power rack! For 200 bones on craigslist I got the rack, olympic bar, 255 pounds of plates, and a rack for the plates. There’s also one of my favorite things: a pull up bar! Can’t find a better deal in the state of Arizona, guaranteed. It should be a lot of fun and it will allow me to do much more since Ali and I can’t go to the Y anymore.
- I messed up on the Deadlifts. It’s supposed to be 1 heavy set of 5 instead of 5 sets of 5 reps. Oh well, next time.
- The lifts rotate through two days. One day is what I did and the other is squat/bench/barbell rows. Don’t have a bench yet so I’ll see what I can do.
30 Days of the Ol’ Morning Routine
Coffee, slippers, and a paper delivered by a loyal pup? Almost.
Monday, April 11th, I started doing 10 minutes of yoga and stretching in the few minutes after waking that I would normally be sitting in bed looking around with a confused look plastered on my face. I hit a few sun salutations, go through the warriors, a few others, and I’m off to breakfast. When I hit the table for my morning eggs, I’m a bit more awake and my body is a bit more ready to do the stuff it needs to do throughout the day. My downward dog is getting better too, although it’s not nearly as good as some of the actual dogs on the ranch, furry bastards.
I’ll be doing this at least everyday I work, with hopes to bump it up to a full Monday through Friday deal by the end of April. I may throw more things in as I go but for now it’s a quick ten minutes. That’s all I need to get moving.
If you’re looking for inspiration google some video of sun salutations and you’ll be ready to meet the day. Comment if you need tips or some of my favorite poses. Ali and I aren’t as good as the dogs, but we’re alright. If you’re more into the pain cave, buy yourself a lacrosse ball and check out KStarr’s Mobility WOD and get supple.